5 Asian authors you should know: the Man Asian Literary Prize shortlist

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2. Manu Joseph, nominated for "Serious Men”

Manu Joseph, deputy editor and Mumbai bureau chief of Open magazine, has been a journalist for 14 years.

"Serious Men," his debut novel, is an exploration of questions of class in India. This novel tells the story of a Dalit (untouchable) secretary who works for a high-class Brahmin at Bombay's Institute of Theory and Research and invents stories about his disabled son in a desperate effort to advance socially.

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